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Strawberries in the garden (Instagram June 20, 2018)
It's the time of year to grow things ... and apparently not the time to write! I've been busy taking care of potatoes and other irrigated crops here in southern Alberta and also trying to keep up with my garden & yard. I'll call this one the July & August newsletter and try to get back onto a regular schedule in September.

Happy growing everyone!

Filling in winterkilled wheat

Winter wheat is a great option after potatoes to quickly get something covering the ground. But what do you do when part of it survives and part doesn't? Read about what I did and how it worked out.

Harvesting Greens & Herb Preservation

Perennial herbs are a great addition to the garden. They are up so early, and they give an opportunity to spread the harvest season out. I've had good luck with using a dehydrator to dry them and just start the wilting processes. The low humidity air and cool spot in my basement do the rest of the work.

Drip Irrigation Design 3.0

Last fall I did a complete overhaul of my drip irrigation system. It's been working well this year, but I learned a lesson again - you can't catch up once you get behind. If the soil gets too dry the water will just keep going down and won't move laterally. I setup my sprinkler to get the soil filled up again and now I've been running it every day to keep the ground hydrated. 
Speaking of irrigation ...
The truck got stuck, but it didn't turn into a country song. (Twitter July 3, 2018)
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